IVF For Heterosexual Couples
Getting pregnant is not always straightforward. It can sometimes take longer to conceive than initially planned and feel a little overwhelming; an excellent way to feel in control is to get all the information you can to help you understand things like the most common fertility issues, potential treatment options or choosing the best clinic for you.
Thinking about your fertility journey
You will want to find out all you can about fertility issues and what can help. Many treatment options are available, some simple and some designed to help with more complex fertility issues.
We support and advise you on the best fertility treatment approach based on your individual circumstances. We will design a tailored treatment plan based on the results of the tests we think are most suitable for you when we have a complete picture of your fertility history.
When you're starting out
Starting out can feel a little overwhelming, and one of your key steps is learning what you can about your clinic, the team, costs of treatment, how to prepare and the treatment process. There are many ways you can get the information you need:
- Attend a fertility information event. Care regularly runs virtual information events, our team will present on treatment options and other essential information, and will answer your questions
- Read patent stories - it can really help to read about other people’s fertility journeys.
- Read reviews. We have lots of patient reviews on Facebook, Google and Trustpilot.
- Social media. You can build a picture of what it's like to be a Care patient.
- The Care Forum. You can see the questions people are asking, and if you want to, you can reach out to others going through the same journey.
- Research potential costs and funding packages available. Funding treatment will likely be one of your considerations, and that’s why we designed our own funding packages - Carepay - to make funding the cost of your treatment easier to manage.
- Digital brochure. You can request further information on our website, and we’ll send you our brochure.
- Our new patient enquiry team. The team can answer your questions about costs, the IVF process, success rates, waiting times and other important information.
Our friendly new patient enquiry team are here to help. Call them on 0800 564 2270; they are always happy to help anyone who needs more information and guidance. We understand how important it is to you and will do all we can to help so that you feel prepared and confident to move forward when you think the time is right.
Your first consultation
Your clinic team will carry out some tests, including:
- A pelvic ultrasound scan
- Semen analysis (if necessary)
- Blood tests (checking for anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) levels)
- If you are an NHS funded patient, we’ll also need to do a test to confirm that you don't currently smoke.
At your consultation, your consultant will review your medical questionnaire with you and your notes from any previous treatments.
They will explain the results of your ultrasound scan and the semen analysis.
You will have the opportunity to talk through your individualised treatment options and ask any questions you have
Your clinic team will provide written information and costings for your treatment options.
If we need to carry out any other tests to confirm your diagnosis and appropriate treatment, we'll arrange these for you.
We'll also talk you through what support is available for you, what the next steps will be if you want to have treatment with Care and answer any questions you might have at this stage.
Find out more about the whole IVF process.
Support with Care
Fertility treatment can be stressful, and sometimes people need additional support. Counselling is always available. You may also like to reach out to someone going through the same thing as you. On our Care Forum, you can chat with other patients going through a similar journey or just find reassurance that you are not alone.
Our new patient enquiry team is there to answer all your questions when you’re thinking about fertility treatment, and our Carepals teams will guide and support you on your treatment journey.
If you have any questions, or if you’d like to talk to one of our team about your options, it’s easy to get started: